Workshops planned to help customers navigate system Fall foliage and crisp weather aren’t the only signs of autumn. Those who are Medicare-eligible should take note: Open enrollment begins this weekend (Oct. 15) and will run through Dec. 7 for those 65 or older. That means decisions must be made regarding the seemingly infinite Medicare options […]
A visit to the homepage of healthcare.gov, the official site of the Affordable Care Act, makes no mention of its possible unraveling thanks to the American Health Care Act. The Republican counterproposal to the Affordable Care Act survived a House vote last week, and the bill must now face a vote of the Senate, and […]
For those deciding between employer-provided insurance and shopping the marketplace, this can be a daunting time of year. “I saw in a recent study that people don’t like choosing health plans,” said Minneapolis-based Craig Hankins, vice president of digital products for UnitedHealthcare. “They’d rather go to the dentist or do taxes than choose a health […]
It looks like the battle of the hospitals is on. Penrose-St. Francis Health Services announced plans Friday to seek Level 1 trauma certification for its emergency department – less than a month after competitor Memorial Hospital made the same pledge. Penrose’s main hospital on North Nevada Avenue would receive the designation, and is just a […]
When the last straw came, Dr. Aaron Fraser was seeing 120 patients a week for 5-7 minutes each. He was putting 40 hours a week on the timesheet but unofficially working more than 60. He had some of the best patient satisfaction rates at the Air Force Academy — and...
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services announced a $100 million expansion project Sept. 10. The expansion would affect St. Francis Medical Center on the city’s east side and will include growing the emergency department, adding new operating rooms with shelled space for expansion, doubling the capacity of the neonatal intensive care unit and creating additional parking. The expansion […]
In the swirling current that is today’s health care industry, some Colorado Springs providers are going against the flow. Dr. Mark Tomasulo, owner of the soon-to-open PeakMed Direct Primary Care on the east side, and Flying Horse Medical Center owners Dr. Aaron Frasier and Ryen “Hitz” Hitzler have carved their own niche from a health […]
Sometimes great discoveries come from not knowing where to look. ISSAC Corp., a Springs-based advanced data analytics and system-of-systems engineering firm, recently made its first foray into big data analysis for the medical world — and ended up in the famed British Journal of Cancer. ISSAC’s analysis revealed important new findings...
Michael Larson can put you to sleep. Just don his Sleep Shepherd hat, which he debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. The hat will lull its wearer to sleep, obviating the need for prescription medications, the frequent go-to solution for people diagnosed with sleep disorders. Larson, who received his Ph.D. […]
Peak Vista Community Health Centers Foundation recently received a $1 million endowment gift from longtime Colorado Springs resident and philanthropist, Margot Lane. To be paid over the next four years, the donation will be placed into Peak Vista’s BJ Scott Endowment Fund, helping Peak Vista continue to provide health services to families in the community […]
Doctors – from internists to specialists – are increasingly unwilling to accept new Medicare patients, and many are opting out of the program completely. In Colorado Springs, 5,000 Medicare patients were left with no primary care doctor when the Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation closed. Many doctors opt out of Medicare because of the “hassle factor,” […]
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services received four stars on a new five-star rating system released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) late last week. Penrose-St. Francis Health Services surpassed hospitals evaluated in the region, stated a news release sent by Penrose. University of Colorado Health – Memorial Hospital Central earned two stars. The […]